Snowmass finishes fourth in Ski Magazine rankings, first in Transworld Snowboarding survey

By Real Aspen
Real AspenOctober 12, 2011
For the fifth consecutive year, Deer Valley, Utah, claimed top honors in Ski Magazine's annual reader survey of the best North American ski resorts, with.

Snowmass was ranked fourth after Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia, in third. Vail placed second. Sun Valley, Idaho, rounded out the top five, with Park City Mountain, Utah, in sixth, and Beaver Creek finishing seventh.

The Aspen Skiing Company's three other mountains aside from Snowmass — Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, and Aspen Highlands — did not crack the top 10.

In addition to Vail and Beaver Creek, Vail Resorts placed one other mountain in the top 10. Breckenridge — the most skied mountain in the United States — came in at ninth. Ski's readership is considered more affluent than the readership of other snow riding publications.

“Utah does a really nice job of hosting a lot of skiers,” Ski Editor Greg Ditrinco was quoted saying in the Salt Lake Tribune. “The resorts are close to a major airport and the state is blessed with an abundance of snow.”

This is the time of year when several magazines rank the best snow resorts in America.

A skier gets air in the terrain park in Snowmass.

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Transworld Snowboarding ranked Snowmass the No. 1 resort in its 2011-2012 list with Buttermilk coming in a surprising third, behind Mammoth and ahead of Whistler. It is the third straight year Snowmass has won the honor.

“When it comes to freeriding, Snowmass has a ton of rad terrain throughout its 3,132 rideable acres — and it’s one of the least crowded of all Colorado’s mega resorts,” the magazine says.

Buttermilk's terrain park is the best in North America, according to Transworld's reader surveys, and the one in Snowmass is second.

“Buttermilk continues to push the level of what’s possible in a terrain park,” the magazine says. “The design, build and maintenance are premium quality all season long thanks in part to Buttermilk’s 100 percent return rate for park staff for three years in a row.”


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